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UK MoD adopts new approach to helicopter pilot training

4th June 2021 - 10:45 GMT | by Trevor Nash in Holsworthy


The H135 Juno HT1, part of 1FTS at RAF Shawbury. (Photo: UK MoD)

The UK is changing the way it conducts its rotary-wing pilot training for Army Air Corps and some Fleet Air Arm pilots.

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is about to change how it trains some of its rotary-wing pilots. 

Historically, pilots heading for the RAF, Fleet Air Arm (FAA) or Army Air Corps (AAC) started their elementary flight training on fixed-wing aircraft.

With the launch of the rotary-wing stream of the Military Flight Training Systems (MFTS) scheme in 2018, this approach continued with students completing around 40h of elementary flight training on the Grob 115/120.

For various reasons, primarily the UK MoD changing its aircrew output requirements from various MFTS training pipelines as a result of successive SDSR/Integrated Review outcomes, contractor …

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